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Old 01-07-2011, 01:56 PM   #29
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New Covering Question

All comments make sense and appreciated by readers like myself.

What about starting the engine and generator while under cover?

Our unit is in an outdoor storage yard, and unfortunately not level as its in Maryland in a hilly area.

Do all of you feel it is ok, if covered, to let the home site for 3 - 4 months without starting anything? I could crank the engine as she sits, but its too unlevel for the gen set to run. I can't even check the oil level without it running out unless I drive the unit up a few hundred feed. And its good to drive it around the lot a little every 4 - 6 weeks just to keep everything lubed.

So do you guys go to the effort to uncover for some run time, or cover and walk away for months??

Take care and pray for an early spring. What with global warming and all.

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Old 01-07-2011, 03:26 PM   #30
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Hey "johnandcaren" - now that's a GREAT question!! I didn't even consider that. You're right - I have also been told to run the engine and generator at least once a month for 30 minutes or so. I haven't looked at my ADCO Tyvek cover closely yet (still in the box to be honest), so I wonder if it also has a zippered area around the engine to let it run occasionally?

I'll go look at the box and let you know if there is any reference to that by the manufacturer.

I think I will cover though, given this is a winter climate and based on feedback. Remember we are also very dry out here in CO, so paint oxidation might be a concern as well.

Thx all --


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Old 01-07-2011, 03:31 PM   #31
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Outdoor parking in the RV storage lot near us runs $93 per month for outdoor parking and $225 plus tax for indoor. I'm outdoor and there are no coaches with covers in the entire place. These are secured lots with high fences, cameras, gate codes, etc. I was offered some less expensive parking on a large property owned by a friend, but the whole place is overrun with rodents and I am afraid to park there after reading about problems with them. There is a full service RV storage Lot about 40 miles from us with valets to park the coaches indoors. You can imagine what that would cost. Our HOA regulation allowed 90 minutes of street parking for loading and unloading. It was just changed to 48 hours so that makes it a lot easier. Happy Travels, Joe
verdana.. where i store is simular to yours
the storage place i store my rig in sw florida..rental per month $2.50 ft outside storage ..$240 under roof...they provide high fence gate coded 24hr, camera security, water and dump, under roof washing facilities,propane, high pressure air, battery assist to help starting.....
i have only seen one outside mh covered and it was a class c
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:50 PM   #32
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Rocket, if your rig is a DP, your cover likely zips at the back with velcro straps that hold it up. I know mine does.
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:29 AM   #33
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While covered I do other things...

I cover my 35 footer with an ADCO, put a mouse trap in the unit as well as the basement, put a dish of Calcium Chloride (ice melt) on the table, double container, it expands when it aborbs moisture, and spray the jacks with silicon, not WD40. They are down during storage. Once a month, I charge the batteries (Battery Tender) check the fluids, the traps, the ice melt and just inspect. I don't start any engine. The gas has StaBil in it. It is covered in snow at the moment. PS, with the stink bug increases, I now set off one bug bomb in it just before closing up for the winter. The first time I opened I spent time vacuuming dead stink bugs.
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:38 AM   #34
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Let me add my two cents worth again. I posted that I am a proponent for covering. When I say to add more straps, here is what I do. I go to a hardware store (or Walmarts) and purchase plastic snap on grommets with a hook on the bottom. I attach these to the bottom of the cover and tie in nylon rope across the bottom of the m/h not over the top. This tightens up the cover. The cover will move, but not too much. When I get any rubbing on the m/h it is not on the top or sides, but just under the bottom of the storage compartment panels, due to the nylon rope. The zipper is important because you want to be able to get in there frequently to look for signs of rodents:i.e.those little "droppings" that they leave to let you know they are there. When you see them, react immediately. If you want I can tell you the measure(s) that I apply. Good luck, I would never spend the money for a shed when I have a cover. (my opinion). My last cover is 7 years old and in good condition.
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:56 AM   #35
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Over a period of 6 years I went thru 2 covers for my old coach. They were quality covers but the Sun just destroyed them in a short period of time. So I finally bit the bullet last fall, with the new coach, and plan to build a 30X60X18 building. Construction to start as soon as it drys up a bit.

Building, not including concrete pad and driveway, will run about $23,000. Purchased the building from Web Steel.
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:44 PM   #36
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I had a cover for my old motorhome, and used it one seasion. What a pain. Hoist the heavy thing up, unroll it, then back and forth to get everything straight. It is not only frustrating, but very dangerous! Fighting with the cover is not worth it. I decided it would cost a lot less to have the motorhome repainted then what it would cost if something happened and I took the express route to ground level. After a couple of years looking at it I gave it away.
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Old 01-08-2011, 01:27 PM   #37
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When I get any rubbing on the m/h it is not on the top or sides, but just under the bottom of the storage compartment panels, due to the nylon rope.
Use pipe insulation cut in 1/2 and to about 6" in length and use under all the straps/rope going under the motorhome.. this'll protect from the rubbing as it turns the corner.
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You'll do more damage with infrequent startings because you won't get the engine up to temp to eliminate any moisture build up. Cover it & walk away.

Our coach sits dormant from November until mid or late April. The first year it was 2+ hours away in an indoor storage place. Seasons 2-4 we covered it with an ADCO cover & now it's under an RV port we had built.

If you do cover, I like the idea of the pipe insulation to pad the straps. We used some cut up swim noodles that I got, for free, purusing the neighborhood the night before trash day.


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